21 September 2008

The right care begins with excellent care of the hands and feet.

The main parts of the nail are nail plate, which rests on the nail bed, or the fleshy tip of the finger. The nail plate grows out of the nail root, which is embedded underneath the skin at the base of the nail. Beneath the nail root is the nail matrix, which contains nerves together with lymph and blood vessels that produce nail cells and control the rate of nail growth. The lunula (half moon area) at the base of the fingertip is where the matrix connects to the nail bed. The skin of the finger is attached to the top of the nail by the cuticle that functions to protect and seal the area between the nail and nail bed. The nail is made primarily of keratin and like hair and skin, needs moisture to remain smooth and flexible. The condition of the nail is often a reflection of one’s general health and is often used a diagnostic tool for hearth and lung health.

Common problems that people experience with their nail:

  • Chipping
  • Splitting
  • Peeling
  • Brittleness
  • etc

Those problems above can be as a result of overexposure to harsh chemicals found in removers, cleaners, and nail treatment products.

There are treatment products available that can help to mitigate these effects. Some of these are:

  • Nail moisturizers
  • Strengtheners
  • Hardeners
  • Antibacterial fluids
  • Antifungal creams and fluids
  • Corn and callus softeners and removers


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